23rd Primetime Emmy Awards

23rd Primetime Emmy Awards
DateMay 9, 1971
LocationPantages Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byJohnny Carson
Highlights
Most awardsThe Bold Ones: The Senator
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (4)
Most nominationsThe Mary Tyler Moore Show (8)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesAll in the Family
Outstanding Drama SeriesThe Bold Ones: The Senator
Outstanding Single Program - Drama or ComedyThe Andersonville Trial
Outstanding Variety Series - MusicalThe Flip Wilson Show
Outstanding Variety Series - TalkThe David Frost Show
Television/radio coverage
NetworkNBC
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The 23rd Emmy Awards, later known as the 23rd Primetime Emmy Awards, were handed out on May 9, 1971. The ceremony was hosted by Johnny Carson. Winners are listed in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.

The top shows of the night were All in the Family and The Bold Ones: The Senator. The Mary Tyler Moore Show had the most major nominations (eight) and tied with The Bold Ones: The Senator for the most wins (four) of the night.

Actress Lee Grant set an Emmy milestone when she joined the exclusive club of actors who were nominated for two performances in the same acting category. She won the award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, for her performance in The Neon Ceiling, she was also nominated for an episode of Columbo.

Susan Hampshire became PBS' first win in the Lead Actress, Drama category, for The First Churchills, as well as being the network's first ever Acting win. (Hampshire also won in the same category, the previous year, again beating the Big Three television networks, but from the NET network, a network which dissolved within a year, but became the direct predecessor for PBS.)

David Burns became the second posthumous performance in Emmy history to win for ITV Sunday Night Theatre.

Winners and nominees

Programs

Programs
  • Singer Presents Burt Bacharach (CBS)
    • Another Evening with Burt Bacharach (NBC)
    • Harry and Lena (ABC)
  • NET Festival: "Leopold Stokowski" (PBS)
    • NET Fanfare: "Swan Lake" (PBS)
    • NET Opera Theater: "Queen of Spades" (PBS)
Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - Programs
Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming - Programs
Outstanding Achievement in Sports Programming
  • All in the Family (CBS)
    • The Bold Ones: The Senator (NBC)
    • The Flip Wilson Show (NBC)
    • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
    • The Odd Couple (ABC)

Acting

Lead performances

Acting

Supporting performances

  • David Burns as Mr. Solomon in Hallmark Hall of Fame: "The Price" (NBC)
    • James Brolin as Dr. Steven Kiley in Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC)
    • Robert Young as Senator Earl Gannon in Vanished (NBC)

Single performances

  • George C. Scott as Victor Franz in Hallmark Hall of Fame: "The Price" (NBC)
    • Jack Cassidy as Otis Baker in The Andersonville Trial (PBS)
    • Hal Holbrook as Senator Hays Stowe in A Clear and Present Danger (NBC)
    • Richard Widmark as President Paul Roudebush in Vanished (NBC)
    • Gig Young as Jones in The Neon Ceiling (NBC)
  • Lee Grant as Carrie Miller in The Neon Ceiling (NBC)
    • Colleen Dewhurst as Mrs. Franz in Hallmark Hall of Fame: "The Price" (NBC)
    • Lee Grant as Leslie Williams in Ransom for a Dead Man (NBC)

Directing

Directing
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS): "Toulouse Lautrec is One of My Favorite Artists" – Jay Sandrich
    • All in the Family (CBS): "Gloria's Pregnancy" – John Rich
    • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS): "Support Your Local Mother" – Alan Rafkin

Writing

Writing
  • The Bold Ones: The Senator (NBC): "To Taste of Death But Once" – Joel Oliansky
    • The Bold Ones: The Senator (NBC): "A Continual Roar of Musketry" – David W. Rintels
    • Four in One (NBC): "The Psychiatrist" – Jerrold Freedman
  • Singer Presents Burt Bacharach (CBS)
    • The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special (CBS)
    • Jack Benny's Twentieth Anniversary Special (NBC)
  • The Flip Wilson Show (NBC): "Lena Horne and Tony Randall"
    • The Carol Burnett Show (CBS): "Rita Hayworth"
    • Kraft Music Hall (NBC): "Kopykats Kopy TV"
Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Original Teleplay
  • Tribes (ABC) – Tracy Keenan Wynn and Marvin Schwartz
    • The Brotherhood of the Bell (CBS) – David Karp
    • San Francisco International Airport (NBC) – William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter
Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Adaptation
  • The Andersonville Trial (PBS) – Saul Levitt
    • Hallmark Hall of Fame: "Hamlet" (NBC) – John Barton
    • Vanished (NBC) – Dean Riesner

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations
Network Number of
Nominations
NBC 46
CBS 29
ABC 23
PBS 11
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Category Network Number of
Nominations
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Comedy CBS 8
All in the Family 7
The Bold Ones: The Senator Drama NBC
The Price Special 5
The Flip Wilson Show Variety 4
Hamlet Special
Marcus Welby, M.D. Drama ABC
The Odd Couple Comedy
Vanished Special NBC
The Andersonville Trial PBS 3
The Carol Burnett Show Variety CBS 2
The Churchills Drama PBS
A Clear and Present Danger Special NBC
Here's Lucy Comedy CBS
Ironside Drama NBC
Mannix CBS
NFL Monday Night Football Sports ABC
The Neon Ceiling Special NBC
Room 222 Comedy ABC
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Variety NBC
Singer Presents Burt Bacharach CBS
That Girl Comedy ABC
Tribes Special
Wide World of Sports Sports

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards
Network Number of
Awards
NBC 14
CBS 9
PBS 5
ABC 3
Programs with multiple major awards
Programs Category Network Number of
Awards
The Bold Ones: The Senator Drama NBC 4
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Comedy CBS
All in the Family Comedy CBS 3
The Price Special NBC
The Andersonville Trial PBS 2
The Flip Wilson Show Variety NBC
Singer Presents Burt Bacharach CBS
Wide World of Sports Sports ABC
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

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